Pope Francis slams ‘brutal atrocities’ committed in the country
04 February 2023 | 6:52 am
"May he convert the hearts of those who carry out brutal atrocities, which bring shame upon all humanity," the 86-year-old said. He added that the conflict in mineral-rich eastern Congo was driven by greed, at the expense of innocent victims, and called on combatants to lay down their arms.
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